The Book Cellar
Join us at The Book Cellar as local authors Amina Gautier (Loss of All Lost Things), Mary Carter (Murder in an Irish Village), Irene Helenowski (Order of the Dimensions), and Lorraine Boissoneault (The Last Voyageurs) show off their newest works during March's Local Author Night at 7PM!
About Amina Gautier:
Amina Gautier, a native New Yorker who currently divides her time between Chicago and Miami, Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction, Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award Gold Medal in Short Fiction, and was Long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction, and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and received an Eric Hoffer Legacy Award and a First Horizon Award. After graduating from Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Gautier has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Marquette University, Saint Joseph’s University, and Washington University in St. Louis. Most recently, Gautier taught at DePaul University. In Fall 2014, she joined the faculty in the MFA program at the University of Miami.
About The Loss of All Things:
This collection of fifteen stories explore the unpredictable ways in which characters negotiate, experience, and manage various forms of loss. They lose loved ones; they lose security and self-worth; they lose children; they lose their ability to hide and shield their emotions; they lose their reputations and their life savings. Often depicting the awkward moments when characters are torn between decision and outcome, The Loss of All Things focuses on moments of regret and yearning.
“”A masterful collection of stirring, deceptively simple tales. —Jennifer Bort Yacovissi, The Washington Independent Review of Books
“The stories provide a compelling, intimate journey through losses that feel familiar even when they are inconceivable because they feel so true.” —Elizabeth Gonzalez, Small Press Book Review
About Mary Carter:
Mary Carter is a novelist and workshop leader at The Writers Loft in Chicago. Her other works include: Meet Me in Barcelona, Three Months in Florence, The Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond, My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside Blues, Accidentally Engaged, and She’ll Take It.In addition to her novels she has written six novellas: Return to Hampton Beach in the anthologized collection Summer Days, A Christmas Carousel in the anthologized collection There’s No Place Like Home, A Kiss Before Midnight in You’re Still the One, A Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthologyHoliday Magic, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology Almost Home. Her works have been translated in seven different languages, and several are available as audiobooks. Mary is writing under the pen name Carlene O'Connor for her new mystery series that is set in Ireland.
About Murder in an Irish Village:
In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago.
It’s been a rough year for the O’Sullivans, but it’s about to get rougher. One morning, as they’re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.
With the local garda suspecting the O’Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned—murder tends to spoil the appetite—it’s up to feisty redheaded Siobhán to solve the crime and save her beloved brood.
About Irene Helenowski:
Irene Helenowski is a biostatistician at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and volunteers at Project Exploration, a Chicago-based organization which promotes the sciences to minority youths, particularly to grade school and middle school aged girls. She was born and raised in Chicago and in addition to writing, her interests include art, concerts, and travel.
About Order of the Dimensions Trilogy:
Order of the Dimensions:
When Jane Kremowski first began her graduate studies in physics at Madison State University in Wisconsin, little did she know where her work would take her. Now, she is embroiled in a multitude of dimensions all leading to different outcomes. She and her colleagues therefore must act wisely in order to take and keep away the Order of Dimension from falling into the wrong hands for the sake of her loved ones.
Anton Zelov has come back and is set to avenge those who stood in his way. A race against time ensues to keep Jane's family away from their clutches. But is victory in store for those who must take down the Order or has their battle just begun?
The final Orders are in place and all seems lost to the Federation. Yet a glimmer of hope remains in the hands of an unlikely heroine. What will she choose to pursue and would her choice save the final dimensions?
About Lorraine Boissoneault:
About The Last Voyageurs:
The Last Voyageurs (April 2016) recounts the unbelievable true story of 24 young men who canoed 3,300 miles across North America dressing, eating, and acting like 17th-century Frenchmen in 1976, in honor of America’s Bicentennial. The reenactment—which was organized by a high school French teacher who recruited his students for the trip and had them train for two years before setting off on the eight-month journey—followed the route of French explorer La Salle, the first European to travel all the way down the Mississippi River. Over the course of the voyage, the young men battled storms on the Great Lakes, walked more than 500 miles across the Midwest during one of the coldest winters of the 20th century, and overcame near-death experiences to reach the end of their journey. Some advance praise:
“The fluid narrative moves with authority and a sense, like La Salle's original fraught expedition, that anything could disrupt the flow. An engaging travelogue that provides a good example of how one person tirelessly pursued his dream to fruition.”—Kirkus Reviews
“In this action-packed dual narrative, Boissoneault shares a charming slice of U.S. Bicentennial history … Boissoneault describes interesting, complicated people facing life-threatening perils, and in alternating Lewis’s story with that of La Salle’s journey, she makes fascinating historical comparisons.”—Publishers Weekly
“It moves briskly, nicely capturing the spirit of adventure that underlay this remarkable eight-month expedition.”—Booklist